President Trump Stumps In Support For Roy Moore

Calvin Saunders
December 11, 2017

Alabama's senior senator said Sunday his party "can do better" than support Roy Moore in Tuesday's special election, but sidestepped questions about whether he personally believed the Senate should block his potential counterpart from serving or conduct an ethics investigation into Moore should he win.

He said voters who cast a ballot for Democratic candidate Doug Jones are "voting against the President who they put in office at the highest level".

Trump, who overcame allegations of sexual misconduct to win last year's presidential election, looked past the charges against Moore and formally endorsed the former Alabama judge this past week for the seat once held by Jeff Sessions, now USA attorney general. Senate Republicans want nothing to do with Moore after The Washington Post published allegations that Moore inappropriately touched a 14-year-old when he was 32, and five other teenagers who say he made advances on them. At that time, according to Nelson, Moore was pursuing a sexual relationship with her and had groped and tried to rape her. Nelson's attorney, Gloria Allred, had incorrectly attributed the notes to Moore when she and Nelson revealed the yearbook page at a press conference last month. "Jones will always vote against what we must do for our Country", Trump wrote.

"So get out and vote for Roy Moore", he said - eliciting loud cheers from the crowd. Do you know the yearbook?

Mr Shah said the president and White House have made clear that the Moore allegations are "troubling and concerning" and "should be taken seriously". Trump asked rally-goers, referencing accuser Beverly Nelson's admission that she added words to a yearbook inscription she said Moore wrote.

"We can not afford, the future of this country can not afford to lose the seat", Mr Trump said, referring to his party's razor-thin 52-48 advantage in that chamber of Congress. But it's also part of the scheme of political parties today and political candidates and both parties, quite frankly, to degrade your opponent - to take him down so you appear to go up.

Nelson is represented by famed liberal attorney Gloria Allred, and Trump told rally-goes, "Anytime you see [Allred] you know something is going wrong".

"They're resisting the will of the American people - that's what they're resisting", Trump said.

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At the campaign-style event in Pensacola, Trump claimed Jones was the Democratic leaders' "total puppet and everybody knows it".

Moore has called Nelson's accusations "absolutely false" and denies knowing her.

That's why it was so notable when the White House said the president wouldn't explicitly campaign for Moore.

A large number of Alabama residents were in the audience at Trump's rally at the packed Pensacola Bay Center.

Trump also derided a "rigged system" at the rally, even though he won the 2016 presidential election. But if occupying the low ground continues to work for Trump and his allies, will it matter?

Alabamians can expect to hear President Trump's voice on the phone next week.

"They're on the right track", he said.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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